Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen on signing Lille colossus Sven Botman, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Speaking to We Are Tottenham TV on Wednesday evening, the Italian reporter revealed that Spurs were eyeing up a move for the Dutch centre-back, but said that they may have to wait until the summer window.
It comes just a week after The Sunday Times’ Duncan Castles revealed that the Portuguese boss was a big fan, he told ‘The Transfer Window’ podcast:
“I can tell you that in addition to the interest from Liverpool, Jose Mourinho likes Botman as a player.”
Given the north Londoners are still standing in all domestic and European competitions right now, chairman Daniel Levy ought to consider striking sooner rather than later on Botman.
They’re in the final of the Carabao Cup, have advanced in the FA Cup, are in the Europa League knockout stages and still remain as potential title contenders.
Bolstering the backline makes a ton of sense as they’re yet to really replace Jan Vertonghen, who left on a free to Benfica, and Juan Foyth, who is on loan at Villarreal.
Yes, they signed Joe Rodon just before the domestic summer deadline, but he’s vastly inexperienced and it’s clear to see that Mourinho just doesn’t trust him fully yet having started him in only two league games all season.
There’s also talk that Davinson Sanchez would be open to leaving N17 this month, according to The Athletic, so a new central option could become even more of a priority.
Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld seem like the first-choice pairing at Spurs right now, though the Englishman has been a little more suspect of the two – indeed, as per WhoScored, he has averaged a far lower rating (6.76) than the Belgian (6.97).
The 27-year-old even ranks 18th for tackles per game (0.4) in the whole Spurs squad, meaning even Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn are putting in more successful challenges. He’s also behind Alderweireld for clearance per game (4.9) and behind Sanchez for passing ability, averaging an accuracy of just 81.9%, per WhoScored.
With Rodon seemingly not ready to take the reins as Alderweireld’s defensive partner, it would be wise to bring Botman to the club.
The left-footed rising star has been Lille’s standout defender, averaging a rating of 7.07, which is above any of Spurs’ current options. Indeed, the 21-year-old beast has won more aerial duels (3.3 per game) than Dier, and is also managing more tackles (1.1 per game) too, via WhoScored.
It’s clear to see that he’d be an instant upgrade next to Alderweireld, and unlike Rodon, he also has experience in Europe, having played six times in the Europa League this season – in which he thwarted Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which is no mean feat.
The sooner they get him in, the sooner Alderweireld will have a partner fit for Spurs’ silverware quest, so if Levy can afford to, he should strike now rather than in the summer.
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